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adjective as in falling apart; in poor condition

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After the closure of the school in the early 1900s, the Hôtel Biron housed ramshackle apartments and art studios rented by various Belle Epoque-era luminaries including Jean Cocteau and Isadora Duncan.

These unique items stand out to scrollers in a sea of content, and their original websites may be as ramshackle as the scam pages, making it difficult to discern the actual source.

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My fondest moments as a student were in that ramshackle but storied building.

Mayorga evokes ramshackle dwellings of her native Colombia and elsewhere with “Beautiful Facade,” a pink-painted cardboard and wood model.

Near the charming fishing harbor of Port-en-Bessin is the somewhat ramshackle Musee des Epaves Sous-Marines de Debarquement.

They set out a strong set of “best practices” to modernize and improve the ramshackle way our democracy runs elections.

Passing this unworkable, ramshackle bill is counterproductive or irrelevant to that task.

Houses, some grand, others ramshackle, sit empty, cars in driveways.

The main underlying cause of Election Day chaos remains our ramshackle voter registration system.

He drives a white mule, and has managed to put a top of sail cloth on an old ramshackle buggy, which he calls a 'shay.'

Oh, yes; that ramshackle place near the swamp, with the gipsy-looking people hanging about.

This last as the party rounded a clump of trees and through the rain saw a low, ramshackle cabin ahead of them.

In the street a luxurious limousine was tooting for a ramshackle prairie schooner to turn to one side.

This ramshackle thing we're setting up now couldn't even begin to turn out the ties alone.


On this page you'll find 37 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to ramshackle, such as: broken-down, crumbling, decrepit, derelict, dilapidated, and flimsy.

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